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The pandemic has left us with a constant barrage of the word self-care. Have you heard it yet? On the news, in magazines, on your favorite podcast, everyone wants to talk about self-care. But, have they told you HOW?!
When I’m talking with clients, I like to remind them that others’ ideas of self-care may not be what works for them. Self-care is personal; it should leave you recharged and rested. The practice of self-care, quite simply, is any practical and purposeful action to protect yourself and your happiness.
These questions can help you as you try to find self-care practices that work for YOU:
If you try something, and you don’t get the result you want (recharge, happiness, rest), abandon it. Too often, we feel like we have to work and work. Self-care shouldn’t be work. And self-care doesn’t have to be something that creates any kind or product.
Here are some common self-care ideas:
Self-care needs to be a priority for people. Too often, the day “gets away” from us and we are left without that recharge time. In order to work it in, I encourage people to set the alarm five minutes early to work in some time for yourself. If you aren’t a morning person, consider scheduling it at a better time of day for you, block that time off on your calendar, and STICK to it. You can even set an alarm to remind you it is “self-care time.” An accountability partner can help. This simply means finding a friend to check in with you to see that you’ve done the self-care practice.
Remember, self-care practice isn’t perfection. It is simply “a little here and a little there” to add up to a lot in terms of a healthier lifestyle.
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